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Chicago surprise: ‘Hawks cut Dano from camp (Update)


The Chicago Blackhawks sent eight players packing from training camp on Friday, and one name in particular stood out:

Marko Dano.

Dano, a prized prospect acquired from Columbus as part of the Brandon Saad trade, was shipped off to AHL Rockford along with Ryan Hartman, Vincent Hinostroza, Brandon Mashinter, Dennis Rasmussen, Garret Ross, Erik Gustafsson and Ville Pokka.

Reactions on social media were mostly shocked:

Dano, 20, was the 27th overall pick in ’13 and enjoyed a fine rookie campaign with the Jackets last year, scoring 19 points in 39 games. He split the year between Columbus and AHL Springfield, but was a regular contributor for the Jackets by season’s end.

At this year at ‘Hawks camp, he was — at one point — skating on a line with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews.

With Dano down, it appears as though Kyle Baun, an undrafted free agent signed out of Colgate last season, has made the team at forward.

On defense, the Pokka and Gustafsson demotions suggest that 6-foot-8, 238-pounder Viktor Svedberg has made the team, though that’s based on the assumption Kyle Cumiskey and Michal Rozsival will start the year on injured reserve.

UPDATE: There was some thought that, after Bryan Bickell was placed on waivers, Dano’s demotion would only be temporary. But that doesn’t seem to be the case — today, ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville said he didn’t expect any changes to the roster.

Update: Wings lose DeKeyser (foot) for 3-4 weeks

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Just minutes ago, we wrote about Detroit’s health issues heading into the regular season.

Well, those issues just got worse.

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a sprained ligament in his foot, per the Detroit News. Confirmation of the injury comes just a few days after DeKeyser was hurt in an exhibition win over Pittsburgh, after which he was seen in a walking boot and on crutches.

Losing DeKeyser will hurt. The Red Wings’ second-leading d-man scorer last year, he averaged just under 21 minutes per night and was penciled in to play on a pairing with big free agent acquisition Mike Green.

With “DDK” out, Xavier Ouellet will temporarily fill the empty spot next to Green. It’s also possible GM Ken Holland will make a subsequent roster move, perhaps via call-up from AHL Grand Rapids.

Rangers waive Diaz, McIlrath makes roster

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The New York Rangers have locked in their opening night roster and for the first time in his professional career, Dylan McIlrath is on it.

McIlrath, the 10th overall pick in 2010, has made the Rangers blueline ahead of Swiss veteran Raphael Diaz, who was placed on waivers. New York also waived forward Jayson Megna and, should both he and Diaz clear, they’ll be dispatched to AHL Hartford.

The McIlrath situation was monitored far more closely this preseason than in the past. Now 23 years old, he would’ve required waivers for a trip back to the American League, and it was widely speculated teams were ready and waiting to pluck him.

At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, McIlrath has the physical tools to provide some snarl on defense, and will probably be one of the Blueshirts’ most active fighters this year. He’s scrapped 39 times over his last three seasons with Hartford.

One final note: Megna’s departure means the Rangers will keep another youngster that was waiver-eligible — Oscar Lindberg — as well as veteran tough guy Tanner Glass, who was on the roster bubble.